Sumio Saito focuses on senior executive search and leadership assessment assignments in the consumer sector. His work broadly covers luxury brands, fashion, apparel, retail, fast-moving consumer goods, durable consumer goods, entertainment, media, direct marketing as well as leisure and hospitality. He has extensive experience in recruiting for positions in general management, sales, marketing, finance, HR and other areas.
Recent Client Experience
Sumio's recent assignments in the consumer sector include conducting a leadership assessment of the top 10 senior executives and the recruitment of a successor to the CEO of a Japanese consumer goods company. He also recently recruited the Japan President of one of the world's largest European luxury brand companies, as well as recruiting for the positions of President, Marketing Director, Sales Director, Finance Director and HR Director at a Japanese retailer and multinational consumer goods companies. Furthermore, he has conducted searches for the President of a large portfolio company, a Japanese company and a private equity firm.
Before joining Russell Reynolds Associates in 2005, Sumio gained seven years of search experience with another international firm. Prior to this, he worked for PepsiCo. in various management positions involving business planning, marketing, sales, sales planning and franchise management. His previous professional experience also includes time with Nissan Motor Company, where he was a Design Engineer, and Yahagi Consultants, where he served as a strategic management consultant.
Sumio received his B.E. and M.E. in Materials Engineering from Waseda University, and his Master's in International Management from American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).